Craibia brevicaudata (Vatke) Dunn
subsp. baptistarum (Büttner) J.B. Gillett

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Craibia brevicaudata subsp. baptistarum

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Jill Whiley's Nature Sanctuary

Craibia brevicaudata subsp. baptistarum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Jill Whiley's Nature Sanctuary

Craibia brevicaudata subsp. baptistarum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below Bunga Views

Craibia brevicaudata subsp. baptistarum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below Bunga Views

Craibia brevicaudata subsp. baptistarum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

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Synonyms: Craibia baptistarum (Büttner) Dunn
Lonchocarpus crassifolius Harms
Millettia baptistarum Büttner
Schefflerodendron gazensis Baker f.
Common names: Chitsarara (Shona) Craibia (English) Mountain ironwood (English) Mushabvu (Shona)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Medium to large evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 5-7 alternate leaflets; leaflets dark green, leathery, almost without hairs, tapering at the apex. Petiole with a distinct swelling. Flowers in compact racemes, white, greenish in the centre, very showy when in full flower. Pods flat, creamy-grey, splitting explosively to eject red-brown seeds.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: brevicaudata: short-tailed
Habitat: In montane evergreen forest, often as one of the dominant species.
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes cithaeron cithaeron (Food plant)
Euryphura achlys (Food plant)
Coeliades libeon (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Friday 6 July 2012
Literature:

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 89 - 91.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 379. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 66.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 217.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 245.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 46.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 57.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 23.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 96.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 454 - 455. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 322 - 324. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Craibia brevicaudata subsp. baptistarum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=130130, retrieved 27 May 2016

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